Rise of the Ultimate Fan

by: John -
Microsoft has announced one of the more interesting contests to date for their upcoming game Rise of Nations:Rise of Legends RTS. In order to win the contest you will need to submit your fan fiction to this site about the struggle between magic and technology. The fiction will then be judged by other gamers with the winner getting a chance to visit Big Huge studios to check out the game while it's in development.
The Search is On for the Ultimate “Rise of Legends” Fans

Do you have what it takes to become one of the ultimate “Rise of Nations®: Rise of Legends™” fans? Microsoft Game Studios and Big Huge Games challenges US and Canadian gamers to join in the first of several competitions designed to find the world’s Ultimate “Rise of Legends” Fans.

The competition, which is hosted by Microsoft Game Studios and Big Huge Games, will consist of multiple online contests. One Ultimate Fan per contest will win an exclusive visit to Big Huge Games where they can see the creative process in action. In addition, each winner will document their daily experience in their own “Rise of Legends” blog and get to rise to the ultimate challenge and battle against Big Huge Games in an exclusive head-to-head online multiplayer match.

The first contest will be a fan fiction contest where gamers will be invited to write fiction based on specifically chosen in-game screen shots. These shots will be posted on the official “Rise of Legends” homepage at http://www.bighugegames.com/riseoflegends/contest1.html on September 14, 2005 and fans will be encouraged to devise the most inventive and imaginative story using the theme of magic versus technology. Big Huge Games representatives will then select the ten finalists, which will be announced on October 6, 2005.

From October 6, 2005 to October 19, 2005, the choice of the Fan Fiction contest winner will then rest in the hands of gamers. Gamers will be invited to vote for their favorite story online and ultimately decide the winner, which will be announced on October 28, 2005. Rules and regulations for each contest will be available throughout on the official “Rise of Legends” Web site.

Developed by Big Huge Games – the veteran design team responsible for such hits as Civilization II, Colonization and Alpha Centauri – “Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends” will evolve the franchise's trademark features such as borders, large-scale battles and city-building in innovative ways. Players will be able to transform small villages into powerful civilizations and lead vast fantasy armies into strategic battles using formations, unit control and heroic abilities to destroy the enemy. The immensely popular Conquer the World (CTW) Campaign returns in “Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends” with exciting updates. The new CTW Campaign will guide players through a new world of heroes, monsters, loyalty and betrayal. Gamers will follow a gripping story through multiple campaigns with fascinating subplots and heroic characters. The campaigns will immerse players in an ever-changing three-dimensional world with terrain and cities that evolve as civilizations grow. For more information, visit www.riseoflegends.com or www.bighugegames.com.

Microsoft, Rise of Legends, and Rise of Nations are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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